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“The cost of a kilogram of honey to the producer is not less than 200 TL!”

Beekeepers in Mediterranean coastal province of Mersin, where honey production has started, draw attention to the products produced with glucose and aromatic substances, emphasised that the cost of real honey is 200 TL and that no product sold below 300 TL is honey and warned the citizens.

Adem Kurt

In Mersin region, beekeepers took their hives to the nature for honey production. Beekeepers, who have been moving their hives to the regions where spring is experienced for about 2 months, are preparing for harvest. Beekeepers, who warned before the harvest of flower honey, informed the citizens that the products sold cheaply under the name of honey in some markets are artificially made with glucose and are not honey.

Adem Kurt, Head of Mersin Beekeepers Association, said, “Unfortunately, we see that 850 grams to 1 kilogram of products under the name of honey are sold for 49-50 TL on the shelves. These have nothing to do with honey. This year, the cost of honey to the producer is not less than 200 TL.”

“It threatens beekeeping and plays with the health of the consumer”

“It is sad but there are products that have nothing to do with beekeeping and honey sold under the name of honey on the shelves,” noted Kurt, “These are obtained artificially by putting aromatic substances into the products we call glucose in the factory environment without seeing any bees. It has nothing to do with bee in any way.”

“Our ministry is trying to take measures but it is not enough. It is necessary to move to a period with more urgent and deterrent penalties. These both threaten beekeeping and play with the health of the consumer too,” Kurt added…

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